Grandma’s fruit compote & sweet Tu B’Shevat memories

Grandma's dried fruit compote

Succulent spiced fruits in a rich syrup. Grandma’s fruit compote makes a delicious dessert or a healthy breakfast. Do you ever prepare a dish whose aroma transports you while it is cooking? The fragrance of this sweet and spicy dried fruit compote is like a culinary time machine – one…

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Pear and stilton toast – 4 ingredients

pear & stilton toast

Posh cheese on toast, that’s what this is. It’s also one of the yummiest things I’ve knocked up in 5 minutes in a long time. Kipper and I had been out somewhere, I can’t even remember where but it must have been someone’s house, because she’d been grazing all morning on…

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Parsnip soup with pears, ginger and coconut

Parsnip soup with pears, coconut & ginger

I can’t lie, this parsnip soup was basically a way to use up some rapidly ripening pears. I really love pears, when they’re just at the point of ripeness – soft, fragrant and juicy. Perfect. DH always claimed not to like pears, and this I suspect was largely because he…

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